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Campbells Bay ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.3
Consistency of Surf: 3.6
Difficulty Level: 3.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 2.0
Crowds: 3.6

Overall: 3.3

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Campbells Bay Swell Statistics, September: Surf with Light or Offshore Winds

This image shows only the swells directed at Campbells Bay that coincided with light winds or offshore conditions over a normal September. It is based on 2400 predictions, one every 3 hours. The direction of the spokes show where quality surf generating swell comes from. Five colours illustrate increasing wave sizes. Blue shows the smallest swells, less that 0.5m (1.5 feet) high. Green and yellow illustrate increasing swell sizes and red shows the highest swells, greater than >3m (>10ft). In both graphs, the area of any colour is proportional to how commonly that size swell was forecast.

The diagram implies that the prevailing swell direction, shown by the largest spokes, was SSE, whereas the the dominant wind blows from the NW. The chart at the bottom shows the same thing but without direction information. For example, swells larger than 1.5 feet (0.5m) coincided with good wind conditions 38% of the time, equivalent to 11 days. Open sea swells exceeding >3m (>10ft) are unlikely to occur in a normal September but 8% of the time we expect swell in the range 2-3m (6.5-10ft) 8%, equivalent to (2 days). Taking into account the proportion of these swells that coincided with forecast offshore winds, and given the fact that Campbells Bay is exposed to open water swells, we estimate that clean surf can be found at Campbells Bay about 38% of the time and that surf is blown out by onshore wind 31% of the time. This is means that we expect 21 days with waves in a typical September, of which 11 days should be clean enough to surf.

IMPORTANT: Beta version feature! Swell heights are open water values from NWW3. There is no attempt to model near-shore effects. Coastal wave heights will generally be less, especially if the break does not have unobstructed exposure to the open ocean.